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Global Engagement

English Language Program

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Spring Session
January 28 – April 14
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The University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement in conjunction with the Warner School of Education is offering a non-credit bearing English Language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated international students as well as for English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member or family of a staff member or student). Program modules will run for ten weeks and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and listening to academic reading and writing.


Where: 40 Celebration Drive | International Services Office Suite 1.100 | Room 105
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Phone: (585) 273.1568

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Matriculated student registration (newly admitted or matriculated international students):

• Net ID required

Matriculated Student Registration

Non-matriculated student registration (staff member, post-doc, or family of a staff member or student):

• Include your Student I.D. Number AND your Social Security number (or its equivalent) under “General Information”
• If you are a University of Rochester employee (including post-docs), please review tuition benefits eligibility before completing both forms.
• Bring the completed form to the English Language Program office (40 Celebration Drive | International Services Office Suite 1.100 | Room 105) by Friday, February 8th to ensure timely registration for the ELP modules.

Non-matriculated Student Registration

If you are a University of Rochester employee, you may be eligible for tuition benefits to cover a majority of the cost for the fee-based modules. Please visit the Total Rewards Human Resources site for more information.

Modules located at College Town: 40 Celebration Drive
International Services Office Suite, 1.100 | Classroom 102:

Academic Writing
ELP 401
Cost: $300
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
This module is designed to help develop and refine academic English writing skills through classroom discourse. Content includes how to search for resources online and in the library, weekly journals on a Blackboard discussion board, presentations on articles in students’ disciplines, reviews of grammatical accuracy, academic honesty and avoiding plagiarism, writing mechanics, citation patterns, major genres of writing such as articles for publication, and professional correspondence.

Academic Speaking
ELP 402
Cost: $300
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
This module aims to help strengthen speaking skills in both classroom and everyday communication settings. The major elements include 1) mini-presentation; 2) transcription of a video on a current issue; 3) group debate (three times during the semester); 4) formal presentation of a topic in students’ disciplines; and 5) voice journal.

General English
ELP 403
Cost: $300
When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm OR Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
This module encourages English language learners in the University community to develop English communication skills in both formal and informal settings. The purpose of this module is to help students develop a solid understanding of U.S. cultures in the workplace and daily life; improve their use of English beyond the classroom such as in job interviews; and make rapid progress in speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Transportation: The College Town Express shuttle runs from River Campus and the Medical Center to College Town approximately every 10 minutes during the week between 11:05 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Along with the other University shuttles that stop at or near College Town (including the Blue and Brown lines), this should make the new location of the Global Engagement and the International Services Office easily accessible to all. Also, there is free customer parking at College Town.

Modules located at The Language Center
Douglass Commons | Room 305:

Learning & Speaking about US Life & Culture
ELP 404
Cost: FREE
When: several sections available
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sundays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The English Language Program is collaborating with The Language Center to offer Learning and Speaking about U.S. Life and Culture. This ten-week module meets once a week and provides a context for participants to converse in structured and opportunistic manners, improving their spoken English. Past versions of this module have explored topics related to life and culture in the U.S. as well as pragmatic matters such as making arrangements and participating in meetings. There are limited spots available; while this module is free, it does require advance registration.

US Life & Culture Registration

English Language Program Intensive Study: a full-time study option is in development for 2019


All interested students should complete the online Interest Form!